Rwanda’s MICE not on steroids, it’s hard work!

Three things happened this week that brought me deep satisfaction. First, I successfully hosted a delegation of South African and Namibian industrialists who were exploring for business opportunities that climaxed with a trip to Gisenyi, the darling of leisure tourists. Secondly, I was part of a...

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:05 AM

Global allies needed in improving Africa’s narrative

Two vital meetings are taking place in Kigali this week; Transform Africa Summit (TAS), and the African Public Relations Association (APRA) conference. One conversation seeks to find ways of boosting Africa’s digital economy while the other, to change how the continent is perceived. What is...

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 1:16 AM

Can PR fix Africa’s battered image?

Public relations professionals, under their continental umbrella body, the African Public Relations Association (APRA) will from May 13-17 convene in Kigali for their annual conference to be held under the theme, ‘Changing African storytelling narratives.’ Based in Lagos, Nigeria, the...

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12:38 AM

What’s in the skies for East Africans?

There’s an apparent scramble for the skies as East African Community member states rush into the airline business by investing in respective national carriers, this, in spite of the glaring global industry challenges. What do you make of that? Will the cost of flying go down and have...

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:27 AM

African or not, it’s Jumia’s value not race that matters

First,I warmly congratulate RwandAir upon its maiden flight to DR Congo capital, Kinshasa, it is a signal of an opportunity-boom under new President Félix Tshisekedi. I also congratulate Jumia, upon it’s billion-dollar historic Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Exchange. I,...

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 2:09 AM

Kwibuka25: Why forgiveness is Rwandan

This week on Wednesday, I asked Dr Jean-Damascène Gasanabo, Director General of the National Research and Documentation Center on Genocide, to tell me, as an anthropologist, whether there was something particularly strange in the mindsets of the people who killed Tutsis in 1994. It was out of...

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:29 PM

Kwibuka25: Unity of Rwandans will resist all enemy alliances

On Thursday this week, an African colleague from Nigeria asked me: after 25 years, how serious is the threat of architects behind the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi? This is his first commemoration experience; a fortnight ago, his wife delivered their firstborn at King Faisal Hospital. So, his...

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:56 AM

Let’s make it prestigious to be East African

Sometimes my mind goes into an ‘Alice in wonderland’ mode, wandering off to places afar, toying with utopian ideas such as banning national identities like Rwanda did with ethnic classifications, to allow for the creation of truly integrated nationals with an East African identity...

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1:54 AM

Uganda’s hostility towards Rwanda threatens Mombasa Port fortunes

In October last year, I was asked to put together a marketing-communication strategy for a campaign targeting the Rwandan market by the Kenya Ports Authority country office whose primary objective was to boost Kigali-bound traffic, currently lopsided in-favour of Tanzania’s Port of Dar-...

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

MTN’s Ikosora phone will democratise Rwanda’s data usage

There has been one fundamental flaw in Rwanda’s high mobile phone penetration vis-à-vis the government’s impressive country-wide investment in internet infrastructure such as fiber-to-home, with efforts in these two seemingly falling short when juxtaposed with the national data usage...

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Industry-based university training taking shape in Rwanda

The Government of Rwanda, with partners such as the Canadian High Commission in Kigali, Mastercard Foundation and the International Development Research Center are restyling university training through a unique industry-based program at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)....

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12:36 AM

Liberation heroes gave us a country to protect

As we marked the National Heroes Day, on Friday, I was grimly upset by an old 2004 cover-story of ‘New African,’ a London-based monthly magazine founded in 1966; the article under the title ‘100 greatest Africans of all time’ was compiled by the publication’s...

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:52 PM

A vibrant private sector needs a lively business press

While it was the biggest event in Kigali on Friday night, only one mainstream media outlet was actively tweeting about Rwanda Development Board (RDB) business excellence awards’ ceremony; I wondered whether it is the media’s lack of interest, absence of business press or simply, a...

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:23 AM

A tragic start to 2019; may days ahead be better

On Friday afternoon, we sent Samuel Baker home. Yesterday, we escorted Dr. Livingstone Byamungu and his four children, to their final resting places. Today, some people will be heading to Rusororo again, to say goodbye to the much adored model, Alexia Mupende. I don’t remember a worse...

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 12:10 AM

Reflecting on 2018; wishing you a happy 2019

You made lemonade from the lemonsthat 2018 threw at you, that’s resilience; congratulations! And whatever you failed to accomplish this year, being alive now means, you have a chance to make use of the 365 opportunities that await you, in 2019. Goodluck to you! But as we head into 2019...

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 2:06 AM

Santanomics: Where is Kigali’s Christmas economy?

With just a day to Christmas, you haven’t received any gifts. You’re also not planning to buy any, either. Assuming most of us have this Dutch Uncle tendency, where does it leave Kigali City’s Christmas economy? Elsewhere, Christmas is about commerce and the numbers prove it...

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 12:12 AM

Rwanda’s critics abroad are candles in the wind

Of Rwanda and her critics abroad, I’ve often mused that regardless what President Paul Kagame’s government does or doesn’t do, says or doesn’t say, thinks or doesn’t think, gets involved or doesn’t, they will always be criticized for it all. It’s a...

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:29 PM

Let’s preserve Kigali City’s foot-steps to modernity

Story-telling is at the heart of journalism and Public Relations, which is where I belong professionally and, I think the same applies to tour-guiding; I believe tourism gurus would agree with this assertion. There are two Kenyan colleagues who are currently on their maiden visit to Kigali (...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:07 PM

Now that ‘the zebra is red’ can it cross safely?

I woke up to a YouTube notification at 5:10am on Saturday. An hour ago, Eminem had posted an eleven-minute beat-less freestyle rap recorded in his childhood neighborhood of Detroit, USA. The anger that has fueled his successful two-decade rapping career couldn’t be missed. Culture is a...

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:54 PM

Uber’s ‘ride’ to Kigali should take its time

On Wednesday, I was invited by CNBC’s Power Lunch East Africa to weigh-in on Uber’s suspended plan to spread its wings to Kigali; my submission drew fair-minded criticism in a WhatsApp group with some of the brightest Fintech-thought leaders of our town. Sometime in October, an Uber...

Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9:52 PM

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